The new video for “Vessel” from Dan Mangan is premiering now via NPR & MUCH

From the video’s director/animation artist Ben Clarkson: “It is complicated to open a conversation about the way we depict our history and our identity. Stories are powerful, and the way histories are told often reinforce the power of the powerful. How we tell the story, how our oral, written and visual traditions transmit interpretations of the past affects our behaviour, our ontology, here in the present. I would love to discuss how there are different histories. I believe that the quiet stability that many of us enjoy is a phantasm. I believe we have a great deal of work to do in order to live with one another in a way that agrees with our values (or the values we’d like to have). History is not finished and we must take ownership of it, or others will do it for us.”

Fri, Oct 17, 2014
You know how every once in awhile, you have a dream that you’re in a really intense fight with somebody that you actually have no real life beef with? And then you wake up and see that person IRL and even though its completely irrational, you can’t help but hold on to that sleepy animosity? And then there is a wedge in your relationship for no reason and both parties will wonder forever why you’re not friends anymore? Well, that sucks. Give up the grudge. You’re awake now and every moment is a gift. Why not cherish your relationships, and try to fill your mind with more positive things - here are some of our faves this week: 
Aaron: deebs is one of the most underrated producers in Toronto - he’s so humble and on point hopefully this is the start of great things.
Bled: This episode of The Truth entitled “Sylvia’s Blood” based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Upon The Dull Earth” 
- Wow it was so good. PKD all the way.
The Truth is part of Radiotopia, who launched a giant Kickstarter this week too, a network that includes some of my favourite podcasts/radio programs.
Cam: Two articles from last month that are about what I believe is the future of entertainment (but I could be wrong): Turning Microcelebrity Into Big Business and I Witnessed The New Beatlemania At A YouTube Stars Convention, And It Was Insane
Ian: Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the time Jon Stewart went on CNN’s Crossfire and mocked (and brilliantly insulted) the hosts at their own show, leading to it’s demise and cancellation soon after. 

Jamie: The glow-in-the-dark ‘Loser Edition’ of King Tuff’s Black Moon Spell that I bought at his Horseshoe Tavern show last night. It’s beauuuutiful, and it makes a nifty night light. 
Jeffrey: Northern Soul ….. the film….   filmmaker couldn’t get a film about the UK Northern soul movement financed… so they mortgaged their house….  
… couldn’t find young actors and dancers that could pull off the Northern Soul dance moves… so they started a club night and after 18 months had 50K+ facebook followers and a packed club every week.
Opened on one screen and now has gone to 30+ screens across the UK. People loving it.
Jenna: Leonard Cohen’s speech at the Prince of Asturias Awards in 2011. 
A beautiful story about how Leonard Cohen came to learn the guitar while visiting Montreal in the early 60s, an amazingly eloquent expression of gratitude to the country of Spain, and an inspiring glimpse into how everything happens for a reason.
Marcello: This guy went on Tinder to get predictions for the upcoming NBA season from a bunch of random women
Matt: A New Yorker piece about Lawrence Lessig and his political action committee aimed at passing campaign finance reform that will put an end to… political action committees.
Meagan: The Dancing Plague of 1518. This is exactly what I imagine would have happened if the kids hadn’t intervened in Hocus Pocus. Kind of helps me understand where the mayor of that Footloose town was coming from. 
This week’s Spotify track list:
1) Stars - No One Is Lost2) Paws - Owls Talons Clenching My Heart3) Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues4) Leonard Cohen - Avalanche5) Caribou - Your Love Will Set You Free6) High Ends - The Weight7) Public Image Ltd. - Rise8) Portishead - Glory Box9) Absolutely Free - My Dim Age 10) Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

You know how every once in awhile, you have a dream that you’re in a really intense fight with somebody that you actually have no real life beef with? And then you wake up and see that person IRL and even though its completely irrational, you can’t help but hold on to that sleepy animosity? And then there is a wedge in your relationship for no reason and both parties will wonder forever why you’re not friends anymore? Well, that sucks. Give up the grudge. You’re awake now and every moment is a gift. Why not cherish your relationships, and try to fill your mind with more positive things - here are some of our faves this week: 

Aaron: deebs is one of the most underrated producers in Toronto - he’s so humble and on point hopefully this is the start of great things.

Bled: This episode of The Truth entitled “Sylvia’s Blood” based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Upon The Dull Earth” 

- Wow it was so good. PKD all the way.

The Truth is part of Radiotopia, who launched a giant Kickstarter this week too, a network that includes some of my favourite podcasts/radio programs.

Cam: Two articles from last month that are about what I believe is the future of entertainment (but I could be wrong): Turning Microcelebrity Into Big Business and I Witnessed The New Beatlemania At A YouTube Stars Convention, And It Was Insane

Ian: Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the time Jon Stewart went on CNN’s Crossfire and mocked (and brilliantly insulted) the hosts at their own show, leading to it’s demise and cancellation soon after. 

Jamie: The glow-in-the-dark ‘Loser Edition’ of King Tuff’s Black Moon Spell that I bought at his Horseshoe Tavern show last night. It’s beauuuutiful, and it makes a nifty night light. 

Jeffrey: Northern Soul ….. the film….   filmmaker couldn’t get a film about the UK Northern soul movement financed… so they mortgaged their house….  

… couldn’t find young actors and dancers that could pull off the Northern Soul dance moves… so they started a club night and after 18 months had 50K+ facebook followers and a packed club every week.

Opened on one screen and now has gone to 30+ screens across the UK. People loving it.

Jenna: Leonard Cohen’s speech at the Prince of Asturias Awards in 2011

A beautiful story about how Leonard Cohen came to learn the guitar while visiting Montreal in the early 60s, an amazingly eloquent expression of gratitude to the country of Spain, and an inspiring glimpse into how everything happens for a reason.

Marcello: This guy went on Tinder to get predictions for the upcoming NBA season from a bunch of random women

Matt: A New Yorker piece about Lawrence Lessig and his political action committee aimed at passing campaign finance reform that will put an end to… political action committees.

Meagan: The Dancing Plague of 1518. This is exactly what I imagine would have happened if the kids hadn’t intervened in Hocus Pocus. Kind of helps me understand where the mayor of that Footloose town was coming from. 

This week’s Spotify track list:

1) Stars - No One Is Lost
2) Paws - Owls Talons Clenching My Heart
3) Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
4) Leonard Cohen - Avalanche
5) Caribou - Your Love Will Set You Free
6) High Ends - The Weight
7) Public Image Ltd. - Rise
8) Portishead - Glory Box
9) Absolutely Free - My Dim Age 
10) Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk

Fri, Oct 10, 2014
We’re heading into the long weekend feeling extra grateful, and how could we not? Everyone is dusting off their decorative horns and filling them with colourful maize, all the leaves are dying but doing it in such spectacular fashion that you almost forget that you’re about to descend into a wintry tundra of despair, and us Canadians are about to indulge in some major Thanksgiving deliciousness. So take a moment, think about what you’re thankful for and if you’re really stumped you can just steal one of ours. 
Aaron: Key & Peele Text Conversation - consider how it sounds!
Bled: 'Serial' Podcast — the new This American Life spinoff podcast, led by Sarah Koenig, about a 15 year old murder case in Baltimore. 3 episodes in and it’s already great. 
Cam: The Southern Reach Trilogy. I’ve spent the summer reading this absorbing weird fiction / biological sci-fi series about a shadow-y government agency that studies an area along the Florida coast that inexplicably exists within another dimension… or something. Recommended.
Diedra: My favourite food writer (Tamar Adler) officially becoming a regular contributor for The New York Times 
Humberto: The Strain, a Guillermo del Toro TV show about about a vampire viral outbreak that happens in NYC
Ian K: This hilariously intricate Facebook advertising prank this guy played on his roommate. 
Jamie:Twin Peaks coming back in 2016! Though the cast has yet to be revealed for the new season (and I’ll be devastated if Kyle Maclachlan isn’t a part of it) lots of fans were anticipating a return of the series 25 years after it aired thanks to the legendary scene where Laura Palmer said “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” 
Jenna: Everything Daniel Romano including this song, this suit  and his leather tooling skills 
Jonathan: Inventing words like “psychling”
Kieran: The Kansas City Royals upsetting the Detroit Tigers in a sweep of the first round of baseball playoffs. It’s the first playoff berth and series win for the Royals since they beat the Blue Jays in 1985. Coincidentally, the Blue Jays now have the longest playoff drought of any major league team (1993).
Marcello: Cooking with farro, because it can be delicious and it was the grain that fed the Romans. 
Meagan: This video of Anna-Maria Hefele doing some polyphonic overtone singing. How this is even a thing, I can’t comprehend. But it is amazing. 
This week’s Spotify track list: 1) Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over2) Daniel Romano - Time Forgot (To Change My Heart)3) Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug4) Slow Magic - Youth Group5) Electric Guest - Waves6) SOHN - Lessons7) Rome Fortune ft. Jungle Pussy & Relly Jade - Paying For It8) Lydia Ainsworth - Moonstone9) The Rural Alberta Advantage - Vulcan, AB10) Lunatic Harness - µ-Ziq11) King Tuff - Rainbow’s Run12) Single Mothers - Crooks

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

We’re heading into the long weekend feeling extra grateful, and how could we not? Everyone is dusting off their decorative horns and filling them with colourful maize, all the leaves are dying but doing it in such spectacular fashion that you almost forget that you’re about to descend into a wintry tundra of despair, and us Canadians are about to indulge in some major Thanksgiving deliciousness. So take a moment, think about what you’re thankful for and if you’re really stumped you can just steal one of ours. 

Aaron: Key & Peele Text Conversation - consider how it sounds!

Bled: 'Serial' Podcast — the new This American Life spinoff podcast, led by Sarah Koenig, about a 15 year old murder case in Baltimore. 3 episodes in and it’s already great. 

Cam: The Southern Reach Trilogy. I’ve spent the summer reading this absorbing weird fiction / biological sci-fi series about a shadow-y government agency that studies an area along the Florida coast that inexplicably exists within another dimension… or something. Recommended.

Diedra: My favourite food writer (Tamar Adler) officially becoming a regular contributor for The New York Times 

Humberto: The Strain, a Guillermo del Toro TV show about about a vampire viral outbreak that happens in NYC

Ian K: This hilariously intricate Facebook advertising prank this guy played on his roommate. 

Jamie:Twin Peaks coming back in 2016! Though the cast has yet to be revealed for the new season (and I’ll be devastated if Kyle Maclachlan isn’t a part of it) lots of fans were anticipating a return of the series 25 years after it aired thanks to the legendary scene where Laura Palmer said “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” 

Jenna: Everything Daniel Romano including this song, this suit  and his leather tooling skills 

Jonathan: Inventing words like “psychling”

Kieran: The Kansas City Royals upsetting the Detroit Tigers in a sweep of the first round of baseball playoffs. It’s the first playoff berth and series win for the Royals since they beat the Blue Jays in 1985. Coincidentally, the Blue Jays now have the longest playoff drought of any major league team (1993).

Marcello: Cooking with farro, because it can be delicious and it was the grain that fed the Romans. 

Meagan: This video of Anna-Maria Hefele doing some polyphonic overtone singing. How this is even a thing, I can’t comprehend. But it is amazing. 

This week’s Spotify track list: 
1) Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over
2) Daniel Romano - Time Forgot (To Change My Heart)
3) Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug
4) Slow Magic - Youth Group
5) Electric Guest - Waves
6) SOHN - Lessons
7) Rome Fortune ft. Jungle Pussy & Relly Jade - Paying For It
8) Lydia Ainsworth - Moonstone
9) The Rural Alberta Advantage - Vulcan, AB
10) Lunatic Harness - 
µ-Ziq
11) King Tuff - Rainbow’s Run
12) Single Mothers - Crooks

We’re coming up on our 100th release, and we wanna celebrate by dropping some cool stuff in your inbox. Sign up for our newsletter now and we’ll start you off with a free sampler featuring some of our best tracks of 2014! http://bit.ly/ACSampler

We’re coming up on our 100th release, and we wanna celebrate by dropping some cool stuff in your inbox. 

Sign up for our newsletter now and we’ll start you off with a free sampler featuring some of our best tracks of 2014! http://bit.ly/ACSampler

Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Arts & Crafts?
Well, the stone-cold pack of loveable weirdos that make up Team A&C want to share with you a few of the things (and songs!) that keep our motors running throughout the week.
 Tune in here every Friday to get a taste of A&C’s Favourite Things.
Without further ado…
Aaron: Kevin Gates’ Instagram account 
Bled: (COMIC BOOKS, DUH) Charles Burns’ latest completed trilogy, starting with X’ed Out (2010) and The Hive (2012) - completed this week with the release of Sugar Skull.  So good.

Cam: Attack On Titan (Anime): Giant humanoids creatures voraciously eat humans seemingly without reason and have wiped out the earth’s population all but a couple hundred thousand survivors who live in a walled city the size of a province/state. A really great take on the typical Godzilla-esque monster story mixed with a touch of zombie tropes.
Ian K: Prince’s Q&A on Facebook….in which he answered a whole 1 question…3 hours after it was asked. Because, Prince. 
Jamie: THIS PIZZA CAKEJenna: Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits” (2006) Not THE Nick Cave but Chicago based performance and textile artist Nick Cave. This shit is crazy! 
Jonathan: Apples from Beaverton Valley 
Meagan: Sweater capes, calypso music, salt water taffy and paisley tops - wait nope that’s Oprah (been hitting the 30 Rock pretty hard this week)
Don’t forget to visit us on Spotify to hear some of the tracks that have been dominating our brain boxes over the last 7 days.
This week’s tracklist:
1) Houses - The Beauty Surrounds2) Lydia Ainsworth - Hologram3) Tennis - Never Work For Free4) Prince, 3RDEYEGIRL - PRETZELBODYLOGIC5) Tweedy - Diamond Light Pt. 1 6) SBTRKT feat. A$AP Ferg - Voices In My Head7) Jon Mueller - Impatience8) Dead Soft - Never Forever

Fri, Oct 3, 2014

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Arts & Crafts?

Well, the stone-cold pack of loveable weirdos that make up Team A&C want to share with you a few of the things (and songs!that keep our motors running throughout the week.

Tune in here every Friday to get a taste of A&C’s Favourite Things.

Without further ado…

Aaron: Kevin Gates’ Instagram account 

Bled: (COMIC BOOKS, DUH) Charles Burns’ latest completed trilogy, starting with X’ed Out (2010) and The Hive (2012) - completed this week with the release of Sugar Skull.  So good.

Cam: Attack On Titan (Anime): Giant humanoids creatures voraciously eat humans seemingly without reason and have wiped out the earth’s population all but a couple hundred thousand survivors who live in a walled city the size of a province/state. A really great take on the typical Godzilla-esque monster story mixed with a touch of zombie tropes.

Ian K: Prince’s Q&A on Facebook….in which he answered a whole 1 question…3 hours after it was asked. Because, Prince. 

Jamie: THIS PIZZA CAKE

Jenna: Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits” (2006) Not THE Nick Cave but Chicago based performance and textile artist Nick Cave. This shit is crazy! 

Jonathan: Apples from Beaverton Valley 

Meagan: Sweater capes, calypso music, salt water taffy and paisley tops - wait nope that’s Oprah (been hitting the 30 Rock pretty hard this week)

Don’t forget to visit us on Spotify to hear some of the tracks that have been dominating our brain boxes over the last 7 days.

This week’s tracklist:

1) Houses - The Beauty Surrounds
2) Lydia Ainsworth - Hologram
3) Tennis - Never Work For Free
4) Prince, 3RDEYEGIRL - PRETZELBODYLOGIC
5) Tweedy - Diamond Light Pt. 1 
6) SBTRKT feat. A$AP Ferg - Voices In My Head
7) Jon Mueller - Impatience
8) Dead Soft - Never Forever